Just Skating By
The contrast between The US and CR is apparent to me wherever I go. Even in the smallest things.
For example, we have surfing here, it’s just not Costa Rica surfing. There are waves, which are smaller. There is water, which is colder. There are beaches which are far more crowded and much farther away. So in the hecticity of life in the US we must take what we can get, and what we can get is a skatepark 5 minutes away, and this is where the contrast is most apparent.
The park is very nice, no graffiti locked with a nine-foot fence, rules such as helmets, regulations, open and closing times, waivers and even a safety attendant. A classic American park, where safety and liability reign supreme, engulfing the aura of fun.
Tamarindo had askate park too. Lots of graffiti, 1/3 of a rusted jagged fence, a concrete bowl otherwise known as an empty pool, no attendants, and no rules or regulations, other than the one where you need to get out of the bowl if you break a bone so others can continue skating. And that is more of a suggestion than a rule. It was the kind of skate park you might see in a movie after the holocaust.
So since we are back in the states it is time for us to embrace the lifestyle we recently left behind, with helmets, pads and waivers. But I think we are going to draw the line at wearing life jackets while surfing, unless of course the Lifeguard is watching.